Food News Today for Saturday August 16th, 2014

Spice up your diet! Expensive foods from around the world.

August 16, 2014

SPICE UP YOUR DIET

Adding a few hot peppers to your food is great for flavor, but that may not be the only benefit to adding a little spice to your meal.  According to a recent article in Time, new research shows three more reasons you should consider adding extra kick into your diet.

First, it may reduce risk for tumors. A new study  in mice published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation found that the spicy chemical in peppers, capsaicin, can activate cell receptors in the intestinal lining, thereby creating a reaction that reduces the risk of developing tumors.

Next up, apparently spice improves your sex life! A  review of research published in Food Research International in 2011 found ginseng and saffron booth boosted sexual performance. The research does not uncovers actually how much you need to notice the effects…But why not try adding a pinch here or there?!

Finally, according to some scientists spicy food can help with weight loss?  Research has shown that spicy food can increase satiety, and researchers at Purdue University found eating less than a teaspoon of dried cayenne red pepper  a day lowered appetite and increased calorie burn.

While the science is  not yet bulletproof and still growing, it certainly doesn't do any harm to add a little spice to each meal.  And it seems the trend is heading that way anyway, a 2014 food industry report found that 54% of consumers say hot or spicy foods are appealing compared to 46% in 2009. And, younger diners between ages 18 and 34 are the most likely to order something spicy off the menu.

EXPENSIVE FOODS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

If you feel like spending a little extra on your meals why not try sushi wrapped in 24-Karat gold leaves? Or ice cream with edible gold?! The website FinancesOnline.com has laid out for us some of the world's most expensive foods, and how much money you might find yourself dishing out for 'a truly opulent culinary experience'. Check this out:

Breakfast? How about this; "Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata"? For $1000 you can get 1 lb of lobster covered with egg on a bed of fried potatoes and topped with 10 oz of caviar!

For lunch, some cheese and bread sounds simple enough, except if your cheese is Pule, special cheese from Serbia that takes 25 liters of Donkey Milk to make one kilogram of this cheese…which explains why it's $700 per pound. Then add a slice of "The Shepherd Loaf" , bread from the UK. It's $35 a piece! Why? Because it's baked from a secret 55 yr old recipe using organic spelt flower, spring water and cornish sea salt. 

And dinner, try some Golden Sushi from Manila in the Philippines. A 24 carat gold leaf wraps the sushi up, and it's also encrusted with 0.2 carat African diamonds and served with three Mikimoto pearls! One serving of this will set you back $2700. Or just try some chocolate ice-cream. Serendipity 3 restaurant in NYC offers a blend of 8 cocoas including some of the worlds most expensive varieties with 5g of edible 23 carat gold and served in a golden goblet lined with 1 carat white diamond and a gold spoon….which can be taken home!! But to enjoy this delight you will be spending, wait for it… $25,000!

Would you pay these prices for any of this food?  What's the most expensive dish you've eaten? And was it worth it? Let me know!!

 

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